Ansmith, Nancie and I lived aboard for five years before our daughter was born back in 1976 and then our son in 1979. We were on a 33' sloop
during those years and we did not move to a larger boat until our children
were seven and nine. We practiced the axiom that, "you can not fall off the floor!" with our newborns and they slept in baskets on the floor. We did all the usual things that people do with the protection from stored chemicals in cabinets and electrical
sources. I do believe that our children walked a little later than they would have had it not been that there was not enough open floor space for them to require "letting go". When they were older,- two to five, we had them sleep in our V-berth while we took the quarter berth. We had blocked the fall from the forward V-berth with a netting that we would put up with hooks. I was very concerned that the size of the mesh in the netting and gaps at the edges could not accept the size of their heads and present a choking or hanging hazard.
Without anticipation of a great consequence and gift to our family
, we found that raising our chidren in close quarters gave our children and ourselves a resulting skill in dealing with communication and conflict resolution. I think that, even now with our children away and thirty-seven and thirty-four, we are exceptionally close.
This raising of children aboard is a passionate topic for my wife and I. Please keep us posted of your successes and challenges!